The Ageing Well National Science Challenge—Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga—is about harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life.
The vision of Ageing Well is to add life to years for all older New Zealanders.
This vision will be achieved by harnessing science to sustain health and wellbeing into the later years of life, in ways that:
The mission of Ageing Well is to push back disability thresholds to enable all New Zealanders to reach their full potential through the life course with particular reference to the latter years of life.
Ageing Well National Science Challenge Research areas:
• Drug burden index
• Electrical stimulators for stroke recovery
• Neurodegeneration and individual interventions
• Independence and housing tenure
• Kaumātua mana motuhake
• Loneliness and social isolation
• Pacific island families
• Retirement villages
• Risk factors in reduced social engagement
• Social isolation
• Staying upright and eating well
• Stroke and cvd prevention
• Tapinga 'a Maama'
• Te whakahaumitanga
• Ngā Kaumātua, ō Mātou Taonga
There are 11 National Science Challenges, which are designed to take a more strategic approach to the government’s science investment by targeting a series of goals, which if they are achieved, would have major and enduring benefits for New Zealand. The Challenges provide an opportunity to align and focus New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues by drawing scientists together from different institutions and across disciplines to achieve a common goal through collaboration.
More information about the National Science Challenges, what they are trying to achieve, and links to each is available from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). MBIE website